Dr XU Jie's Speech at the Opening ceremony of Griffith University's Centre for Environment and Population Health Hub for Global Health Security
2019/07/25
 
Griffith University Nathan Campus, 22 July, 2019
 
Professor Carolyn Evans, Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University,
Mr Heru Hartanto Subolo, Consul-General of the Republic of Indonesia,
Ms Dang Thuy Chi, First Secretary, Embassy of Vietnam in Australia,
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
 
Good afternoon!
 
It is my pleasure to join you at this ceremony. On behalf of the Chinese Consulate-general in Brisbane, I'd like to extend our warm congratulations to the opening of Griffith University CEPH Hub for Global Health Security.
 
The world is encountered with increasingly complex epidemics as well as natural disasters, which have a growing impact on both human health and the economy. More and more countries have been affected by climate change. The risk of outbreaks of infectious diseases is increasing with growing extreme weather events and serious disasters such as heat waves, hurricanes, severe droughts and heavy floods. The new Ebola outbreak, which is raging the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been declared by WHO as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Again it alerts all countries to the urgent need to work together in addressing global health risks.
 
China is vigorously implementing "Healthy China initiative", aiming to improve the national health policy and provide better health service to all the people. The great progress in China benefits Chinese people and other peoples as well. We are willing to cooperate with other countries and provide more health aid to less-developed countries. The Belt and Road Initiative is creating new momentum for global health development.
 
Griffith University and its Chinese counterparts enjoy strong and long-term cooperation in education and research. For many years, Griffith University's Center for Environment and Population Health has worked in partnership with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and many provincial centers, focusing on research collaboration and capacity building. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all friends at Griffith University for your great efforts.
 
CEPH has proved itself a great success in promoting research and international cooperation. I believe that the opening of the Hub for Global Health Security will further enhance the cooperation and help our world better prepare for new health challenges.
 
Thank you all!